Thursday, October 13, 2016

Avery Elle: Holiday Spirits

Today I combined two fun sets from Avery Elle, Holiday Spirits and Elf-tacular.

I stamped and die cut the two main images, then carefully trimmed the Elf's packages from her hand so I could replace them with the rum bottle. The ombre bottle was inspired by a bottle I found on Pinterest. I love that I can pull inspiration from Pinterest for anything. ;)

I heat embossed the sentiment and added a hill to the background to add a little interest to the card.

 This elf is ready for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Right at Home: Fall Leaves

 Today I'm featuring the beautiful stamp sets Fall Leaves and Grateful Heart. There is such an amazing variety of leaf prints in Fall Leaves. I images are the perfect size for a focal image or to create a custom background.

In my card today, I heat embossed several of the leaf images and then blended in the colors that are currently in my back yard. I embossed the sentiment from Grateful heart (my favorite Right at Home stamp set) and finished the card off with some washi tape and twine.

These two stamp sets work so well together. I can't wait to send out this card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Avery Elle and Chibitronics

Avery Elle and Chibitronics are pairing up for a fun collaboration today.  Chibitronics has products that we can use to easily illuminate our  cards, paper crafts, textiles, and more.  They are so cool!  Be sure to check out their website for videos, tutorials, examples and templates.

We are giving away one Chibitronics STEM Starter Kit as well.   Just comment on this post or one of the design team members posts by Midnight, PST October 9th to be entered to win.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  Winner will be announced on the Avery Elle blog on Monday, October 10th.

Let's get to the hop shall we? The Avery Elle and Chibitronics design teams have some amazing projects to share with you so be sure to check them out at the following links.

Avery Elle / Jamie
Karolyn Loncon- GO HERE NEXT
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu (me!)
Maska Vanacker 
Chibitronics Blog 

Chibitronics is SO cool! To create my card I started with lots of fun Avery Elle products! I stamped and colored Caroling Critters first. Then blending the sky with Distress Ink using the Falling Snow die to cut out sky (that will later light up!). Next I stamped the sentiment from the Comfort and Joy stamp set.

Once the front of the card was complete I was ready to work on the lights behind them!

To set up my lights I placed the battery behind the "bright" word of the sentiment, then placed the three lights in a row on the horizon of the scene. This will make the whole sky glow! TIP: I didn't want the animals to glow so I placed black cardstock behind them to block the light. TIP 2: I put a piece of copy paper behind my die cut hole to hind any copper tape and to diffuse the light. 

Finally, it was time to put it all together and light up the card! The lights are amazing! The glow is super cool! 

Enjoy the rest of the hop! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Avery Elle Merriest

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm featuring Merriest by Avery Elle. This set is one of those that I will be going back to time and time again because of the amazing year round sentiments that you can build with it. 

I couldn't help but add a few more sets from the latest release to build my card. The reindeers are from North Pole Pals and the string of lights is from Retro Ornaments.

The sentiment was embossed with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. This stuff is magic I tell ya. I may emboss with gold forever. 

The reindeer and lights were colored with Copics and the background was blended with a few different Distress Inks. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Right at Home Thank You

The colors of fall are here. I love bringing in bright reds, oranges and yellows from outside in to my cards. Right at Home has a amazing flower stamp set called Find the Beauty. The flowers and sentiments are perfect. I can't wait to stamp it again and again.

For my card today I stamped several of the flowers from the set using my Misti and pigment ink to get very vibrant colors. I die cut a circle from the middle and placed a Distressed stained panel behind it.

The sentiment was embossed on a small black circle and placed in the middle. Sequins finished the card. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stamptember with Avery Elle!

Stamptember has been so much fun over at Simon Says Stamp! Today I get to help introduce the collaboration set with Avery Elle. This set has awesome fonts and great sentiments.

I embossed the snowflakes from the set in white and then layered distress ink over each of them, carefully blending the colors where they touched. A little blending goes a long way.

I finished the card by stamping the sentiment, adding raindrops and sequins and adding patterned paper from The Neutral Collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Get your Avery Elle Stamptember set before they sell out!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Pinecones and Puppies

I love creating for Christmas. I also love starting early so I have a nice stash of cards when I start sending them out in November. It will be here before I know it!

Today I created with Avery Elle's Pinecone stamp set. I stamped it three times to create the pine needles, single pinecone and pinecone with bow. I used Distress Ink to color them all and then layered them together. 

The tag was cut from the Postage Stamp Die set and I finished off the card with Pretty Pink Posh sequins. This card could easily be mass produced. ;)

Next, I created a card using the absolutely adorable Happy Howlidays stamp set. I took a little more time with this husband claims it took me 3 hours...I don't think so. :) Anyways, I stamped the puppy and colored him once. That is the one with the blue scarf. 

Then I stamped it again twice and trimmed off the head and scarf tail. I colored and fussy cut the pieces and then creatively taped them all back together. Sweet little friend for the original, don't you think!?

The frame was die cut from the Postage Stamp Die set and the hill was cut from Dotted Borders.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Avery Elle Chalet

Hi Everyone! Today I'm featuring Chalet from Avery Elle! This set takes me back to when I was a young teenager and LOVED to paint Christmas houses. 

When I first got this set, I stamped and colored several houses and decorated them. It was so fun to customize the houses with windows, doors, garland and lights! I selected two of those house for this card and placed them on a hill I created using the Pierced Circle Dies and Dotted Border Dies. The tree, snowflakes and sentiment finished the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Elf-tacular and Polar Pals

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

Today I'm creating with a few of the amazing Avery Elle stamps that were recently released. I adore all of these sweet images.

My first card uses the new Elf-tacular stamp set and dies. I stamped the girl, bear and presents and colored them with Copics. The background is blended with Distress ink and the scalloped roof was die cut from Happy Home dies. I trimmed off the bottom of the die to show off the scallops. 

Next, I created this card with the same Happy Home dies but this time placed Santa and his favorite reindeer on top. :) The stamps are all from Polar Pals. The night sky was created using Distress stain. I love Distress stain. The card was finished with Avery Elle's Midnight twine.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Avery Elle Fall Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Avery Elle Fall release blog hop! This release is UNbelievable. Today I'm sharing a card featuring Caroling Critters with coordinating dies. This set is a show stopper. :)

To create the card I stamped, die cut and colored a few of the animal images from the set. Next, I did a partical die cut from Pierced Circles. The background was created with Distress Inks and a splatter of white water color. I finished the card off by stamping the music notes and sentiment.

There are so many more cards to see and a prize to win! Check it out... 

Ashley Marcu (me!)

To celebrate our Fall 2016 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, August 14th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 15th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
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